Tom Selleck rose to fame in the 1980s as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator on the television series Magnum P.I. Since then, the actor has had a hugely successful career, most recently as Frank Reagan, the commissioner of the New York City Police Department, in the television series Blue Bloods.

Fans began to worry about the actor’s health when allegations began to circulate that he had a “incurable illness.”

When Selleck returned to the American police procedural series Blue Bloods, fans were relieved to learn that he was in good health despite their fears. According to speculations, a stunt double was needed for numerous scenes on the CBS series since the 76-year-old actor was unable to keep up during filming. “Macho Tom is coming apart before our eyes,” an unnamed insider alleged.

Speculation and suspicions continued that Selleck would retire and leave the popular police drama.

OK! The actor, according to sources, was “tired of the Hollywood grind” and preferred retirement because he has difficulties breathing and maintaining “stamina” on set.

“Selleck is tired of the grind, and the show actually wears him down more and more each season,” according to the source.

According to another source, the star has been using heavy steroids to battle a long-standing case of arthritis affecting his joints and movements. This could explain why some observers noticed him walking with a slight limp.

Unlike reports, Selleck and a spokeswoman for him addressed the show’s future and completely debunked any idea of his retirement.

According to a spokesman in a brief but direct statement, Tom is not retiring. “The story is over.”

Selleck, on the other hand, told People in 2020 that there was “a lot of life in the show Blue Bloods as long as people could grow and ‘get older.’”

“Let me underscore that it’s not like you can hire a new detective and bring him to the family dinner table,” Selleck said in another interview when asked if he would leave the show before it concluded.

“These people are linked. As a result, I was returning as long as my fellow performers wanted me to, which was my sole actual consideration.”  Both of these statements indicate that his role on the show may continue for some time.

The celebrity has not yet commented on his possible arthritis. In his 2019 memoir Untitled, Selleck made no mention of any health issues.

The former Friends star stated that his 65-acre ranch home, where he lives and works, “keeps him sane.”

The actor is undeniably in good health and will continue to perform and appear on Blue Bloods for as long as he is able, but arthritis is a serious condition that many elderly actors deal from, putting a strain on their careers.

Arthritis causes joint discomfort and inflammation, according to the NHS. The ailment, which affects more than 10 million people in the UK, worsens with age.

The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which afflict almost nine million people for the former and over 400,000 for the latter.

The Mayo Clinic explains the minor differences between the two illnesses. It argues that osteoarthritis causes cartilage, the strong, smooth tissue that surrounds the ends of bones, to degrade.

Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is a disorder in which the immune system attacks the joint lining.

Aside from pain, the following are the most common symptoms of arthritis:

Redness Swelling
Muscle atrophy and weakness
A restricted range of motion

Additional difficulties affecting a person’s body’s tissues and organs may occur depending on the type of arthritis they have.

Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are several therapies that can help it proceed more slowly. Lifestyle changes, medications, and surgery are the three basic modes of treatment for osteoarthritis. Medicine, physical therapy, and surgery are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

According to the Mayo Clinic, anti-inflammatory medicines also help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. When paired with physiotherapy exercises designed to enhance range of motion and strengthen muscles, people are more likely to succeed.

If lifestyle and pharmacological treatment fail, doctors may prescribe the following types of surgery:

Joint restoration
Joint replacement
Fusion joints.